“I really enjoyed the classes. At QMU there seemed to be a real emphasis on teaching.” Chris Mantle BSc (Hons) Nutrition Why QMU Our BSc (Hons) Nutrition course is well established in QMU’s portfolio and recently we have developed two new life sciences courses: one in nutrition and food science and one in physical activity, health and wellbeing. Our BSc (Hons) Nutrition and our BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Food Science degrees not only fall under the heading ‘applied life sciences’, but they are also ‘biological sciences’. We offer two further courses in the biological sciences: BSc (Hons) Human Biology* and BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmacology*. The first two years of these four courses are almost identical allowing students to get the same grounding in the biological sciences. In these early years, all students will gain a solid understanding and appreciation of the key areas of human physiology, human biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, pharmacology and immunology. In parallel with these core subjects, our students also get the opportunity to enhance their ability in the areas of laboratory practical skills and investigative skills (eg data analysis). We offer a unique structure which allows students on any of the four ‘biological sciences’ courses to change direction in Year Three, enabling them to transfer to any of the other three courses. The focus of the BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing is to develop the skills and knowledge needed for working with others using physical activity to improve their health and wellbeing. Our approach to learning and teaching We aim to provide students with a wide range of teaching and learning methods. Aside from traditional lectures and seminars, you may also benefit from participating in group and individual projects, practical classes, web-based learning and communication/IT workshops. Self-study learning packs, problem-solving exercises and case studies are also ways in which you can learn. Nutrition and Nutrition and Food Science students will also participate in laboratory practicals and you will be taught by research active food scientists and registered nutritionists. Visiting practitioners and service users help to bring the real-world learning experience into the classroom for students on the BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing. Practical hands-on experience is a core element of preparation for work-based learning, and we use the campus sports centre and practical classrooms to emulate the settings in which you are most likely to find employment. As all students on our applied life sciences courses progress, less time will be spent in lectures and the emphasis will be on more student-centred and student-driven approaches. You will also move from using textbooks as course materials to a more significant use of primary research, journal articles and government legislation and guideline documents. As a graduate, you will need a professional development portfolio. We support you in building your portfolio by integrating this into course assessment. This innovative approach is complemented by more traditional assessments such as written assignments, individual and group presentations, laboratory and project reports, short tests (multiple choice questions, short answer formats etc) and oral examinations. Overall, assessment is less exam-based in later years. For Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing students, interprofessional learning takes place each year and you will work with students on our health professions courses (see pages 68-97). This starts by introducing team working 51 and enhancing communication skills, and then progresses to allow small groups to work with volunteer service users, and on to understanding health and social care systems and organisations. You will learn to understand the professional roles and boundaries of others with whom you will be working, and become aware of different or shared working practices. You will also discuss the changing practices in health and social care and the wider workings of the NHS, private practice, voluntary and independent sectors. Research You will be taught by lecturers and PhD students who are actively engaged with research and who publish in high impact academic and professional journals. Our aim is to ensure that our research findings link with your learning to keep this as up to date as possible. Understanding research helps to develop and enhance critical thinking and clinical questioning, which are essential in the challenging health and social care practice of today. All students have the opportunity to engage with the wide range of research being undertaken in several ways: as novice researchers during project work, being trial participants, or attending keynote lectures and seminars. Clinical research can only be undertaken in collaboration with frontline health and social care providers, and we have numerous collaborations with NHS boards in Scotland, private and social services, and internationally in Europe and further afield. *See pages 64-67.